NOW DARK NOW GLITTERING
01 Oct 20 — 11 Oct 20
Additional info: Open Evening Friday 2nd October 7-10pm & Friday 9th 7-10pm
Show: 1-11 October 2020
Open Evenings: Friday 2 October 7-10pm & Friday 9th 7-10pm
Now Dark – Now Glittering is a collection of vibrant works which focus on the use of materiality to breathe life into their narratives of the Sublime. Textiles, embroidery, light-altering mediums, glitter, crystals, gold leaf and texture embellish the exuberant oil paintings making them sparkle and shimmer from different angles. They invite the viewer to look closer to discover details and immerse in their playfulness. This is in a bid to blur the line between craftsmanship and artistry and to create the sense of opulence seen historically through textiles techniques that have adorned clothing, bedding, accessories and tapestries. It is a reflection of our innate seduction by the luscious and exquisite. Our magpie instincts. The use of materiality enhances the work with a new, whimsical dimension and creates a separate entity for the art to exist within.
The paintings indulge in the liberation of imagination and draw inspiration from poetry and fairy tales, human obsession with collection and curation, the Pre-Raphaelites and Romantics and the gaudy, psychedelic qualities we can find in the natural world. They especially focus on the awe, terror and beauty of the Sublime in nature and its ability to energise emotions that transcend the human experience.
There is also a thread of horror vacui (Latin for the fear of empty space), which is emulated in each piece. The subject matter permeates and congests each surface leaving little space for the works to breath. This aids their lavish and gluttonous over-ripe qualities creating decadent undertones in contrast to the alluring objects and creatures. It is especially relevant when painting the natural world, as Artistole said “nature abhors an empty space.” This exhibition exaggerates and twists the real world into a fictional, fantastical form of escapism.
Aby Floyd lives and works in London. She studied Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon Collage of Arts, UAL. Her work is primarily oil painting and textiles. She is an emerging artist who has sold and exhibited in the UK and internationally.
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